great deal

noun
\(ˈ)grā(t)¦dēl, chiefly before pause or consonant -ēəl\

Definition of great deal 

: a large quantity : lot received a great deal of sympathy at his bereavement asked for little but received a great deal

a great deal

1 : to a considerable degree or extent : by a considerable amount a great deal better

2 : often, frequently he runs a great deal used with intransitive verbs

3 : highly think a great deal of that book

adverb

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First Known Use of great deal

1711, in the meaning defined above

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